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Review: The Children of Húrin

The Children of Hurin - Maria Konopnicka

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

When I started reading, it seemed somewhat familiar. After a few chapters I found out why. I already knew the story! There is a reduced version of it in 'The Silmarillion'.

Well .. I just love Tolkien's stories ! I love the romantic view of them, either in the battles of Morgoth and his creatures against the Elves and Men, in times of grief when someone dies or a
moment shared between lovers. For me, his stories are simply magical.

For you to understand 'The Children of Hurin' you'll need to read "The Silmarillion" and "The Unfinished Tales", as the story goes long before 'The Hobbit' and 'Lord of the Rings' and you'll probably get a little lost.

The book tells the story of two siblings who are separated even before they met and, ironically, end up meeting without knowing. As Turin is the oldest, the plot focuses more on him in the beginning. And it all ends in a great tragedy.

One point that stands out in this story is that, although there is a mention of a curse upon the children of Húrin, some of the misfortunes of Túrin WOULD HAVE been avoided if he had been less stubborn! What is somewhat ironic ...

In short, it's a tragic romance, full of drama. In my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful
and sad tales of Tolkien.

AH! And lets not forget the BEAUTIFUL illustrations by Alan Lee adorning this edition!

Review: Mostly Harmless

Mostly Harmless - Douglas Adams

Author: Douglas Adams

Series: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


Fifth book in the series and the last one I read. Unlike the previous one, this book is back to the nonsense sci-fi adventure style.

Zaphod doesn't appear in it. Neither does Marvin. But Random, the daughter of Arthur and Trillian, enters the story.

I really liked this book. The twists are fantastic and fun. The parts that occur in the planet Lamuella, in particular, are my favorite.

But the most impressive part is the end. I had to read it three times to make sure I understood it all right. This book is more than recommended.

Review: So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide, #4) - Douglas Adams

Author: Douglas Adams

Series: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


Fourth book in the series. This one is more of a romantic comedy instead of a nonsense comedy. It's not bad, but not as good as the first 2 volumes of the series either. I guess you could say it's 'nice'.

Zaphod and Trillian aren't in the story. Marvin appears in the last minute to perform a sad scene. Ford appears in several action, apparently for no reason.

The story is all focused on the relationship of Arthur and Fenchurch, from their first meeting to their quest for whatever it was that she forgot. It's all very sweet ... and completely different from the rest of the series.

The end was interesting. Specially the message part in aquariums and the last message of God to his creation.

Review: Life, the Universe and Everything

Life, the Universe and Everything - Douglas Adams

Author: Douglas Adams

Series: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


I don't have much to say about this book in particular.

Third book of the series. It seemed less exciting than previous ones. The characters were kind of 'aimless', despite their 'mission'. To be honest, Agrajag and Wowbagger were the only ones that really caught my attention.

I think the author could have given a more interesting direction to the story. Nothing was solved exactly, except for the Masters of Krikkit attack, although this is the 'end' of this stage of the book. Still, it's worth reading.

Source: http://ivasbookshelf.blogspot.com.br/2012/06/vida-o-universo-e-tudo-mais.html

Review: The Restaurant at the End of the World

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams

Author: Douglas Adams

Series: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


Second book in the series. The author not only maintained the pace of history but also made it even funnier. I thought this book was even better than the first. There are critics/skits about some interesting subjects.

The characters split up and rejoin, going back and forth through time/space, to find the man who really rules the galaxy. On the way they find some old friends of Zaphod, that helped in his conspiracy, which he does not remember.

By the way, Zaphod is my favorite character. Think of something bizarre and multiply it by 1000. That's Zaphod Beeblebrox!

While reading the book, I thought: 'How could this guy be a president?'. Then I stopped to think about my country's politicians and realized it wasn't so strange after all... Sad, isn't it?

I found the end quite unexpected. It makes you curious to know which direction the story will take.

Source: http://ivasbookshelf.blogspot.com.br

Review: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) - Douglas Adams

Author: Douglas Adams
Series: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

This is a great book for those who want to have a good laugh. The situations in which the characters find themselves are absurdly comical. Moreover, the characters themselves are completely unpredictable! Douglas Adams has an impressive creativity!

If you analyze it carefully, the storyline and language are simple, although there are several 'specific
terms' created by the author. The characters are unusual.

But what really caught my attention in this book (and the others of this series) were the skits about people's behavior and our thoughts about certain subjects.

I loved this book and recommend it to everyone, but especially for those who are feeling a little down. Surely it will brighten your day.

Source: http://ivasbookshelf.blogspot.com.br